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Percy Gardner : biography

24 November 1846 - 17 July 1937

Percy Gardner, FSA, FBA (24 November 1846 – 17 July 1937) was an English classical archaeologist.

Early life

Gardner was born in Hackney, Middlesex, United Kingdom on 24 November 1846 to Thomas Gardner and Ann Pearse. He was educated at the City of London School to the age of fifteen when he joined his father's stockbroker business. Having been unsuccessful in the field, in 1865 he matriculated into Christ's College, University of Cambridge. He graduated with a first-class Bachelor of Arts (BA) in the classics and moral sciences tripos in 1869. In 1970, he received the one year, University of Cambridge' Whewell Scholarship in international law.

Personal life

Gardner was married to Agnes Reid until their marriage broke-down in 1874. His brother, Ernest Arthur Gardner, was also a prominent archaeologist.

Academic career

From 1871 to 1887 he was an assistant in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum. While there, he helped to write the first collections catalogues for Greek coins at the museum. He was elected a fellow of Christ's College, University of Cambridge in 1872. He held the first editorship of The Journal of Hellenic Studies from 1879 to 1895. He was Disney professor of archaeology at the University of Cambridge from 1879 to 1886. He then moved to the University of Oxford and held the Lincoln and Merton professorship of classical archaeology from 1887 to 1925. During his time at the university, he had a stimulating influence on the study of ancient, and particularly Greek, art. He was succeeded by John Beazley. In his later years, he also became prominent as an historical critic on Biblical subjects.

Gardner died on 17 July 1937 in Oxford, United Kingdom.


Gardner was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1903. He was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the Archaeological Institute of America.

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